Now in its ninth year, Poetry Day Ireland is an annual island-wide celebration of poetry which invites the nation to read, write, and share a poem on Thursday 27 April 2023.

All are welcome to get involved, with participation encouraged from artists, venues, schools, hospitals, community groups, poetry-lovers, and more.

To celebrate the occasion, Annie Mac reads Pit Lullaby by poet Jessica Traynor - watch below:

Acclaimed poet Martina Evans is on board as this year's curator. Martina chose 'Message in a Bottle’ as the theme for Poetry Day Ireland 2023, reminding us, in the words of Paul Celan, that "a poem can be a message in a bottle, sent out in the – not always greatly hopeful – belief that somewhere and sometime it could wash up on land, on heartland perhaps. Poems in this sense too are under way: they are making towards something."

Find out more about find out more about this year's PDI programme here.